UPDATE: Craig Cathcart's potential move to Watford not imminent as club assess other options

This Is Local London: Craig Cathcart during his time on loan at Watford in 2009. Picture: Action Images Craig Cathcart during his time on loan at Watford in 2009. Picture: Action Images

Watford have been in discussions with former loanee Craig Cathcart about a return to Vicarage Road but we understand a deal is unlikely to be concluded imminently as the club are looking at other options.

Cathcart played 12 times for the Golden Boys under Malky Mackay during a loan spell in 2009 before it was ended prematurely, with the club claiming it was due to a knee injury.

The 25-year-old joined Blackpool the following summer, soon after their promotion to the Premier League, for a reported £350,000 and has remained there since, making 117 appearances during his four-year stay.

Cathcart, who has 18 Northern Ireland caps, is out of contract this summer and has held talks with the Hornets but we understand the Golden Boys are looking at other centre halves and are unlikely to rush through the signing of Cathcart as they assess the market.

If the former Manchester United defender has a medical with the club, it will show he has an enlarged heart which has to be monitored regularly and resulted in him missing the first leg of Blackpool's Championship play-off semi-final first leg in 2012 as a precaution.

Cathcart is a centre half who is comfortable on the ball and can also play at right back.

Watford have already signed one centre half this summer in former West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers man Gabriel Tamas and are keen to add at least one more, with Fitz Hall, Lucas Neill, Nyron Nosworthy and Marco Cassetti all leaving this summer.

The Golden Boys were keen to strengthen across the pitch ahead of a season when the club's hierarchy expect to challenge for automatic promotion.

Former Brazil international Heurelho Gomes has replaced Manuel Almunia as the club's number one, experienced Romanian centre half Tamas has already signed and Leicester City's impressive winger Lloyd Dyer completes the trio of free transfers.

Watford continue to hold advanced talks with holding midfielder Daniel Tozser and are also considering other options for the position, although we understand interest in Columbian Alexander Mejia has cooled.

The Hornets want Jeff Hendrick but Derby County would be reluctant sellers. The Hertfordshire club have also considered moves for several other players including Stevenage's Luke Freeman and Cardiff City's Don Cowie.

The club are still hopeful Matej Vydra will be rejoining the club and have considered moves for Sunderland striker Danny Graham and Udinese's Odion Ighalo, although the future of Troy Deeney is likely to influence which other strikers - along with Vydra - are pursued.

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2:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

andyandyandy says...

Good
Good andyandyandy
  • Score: 23

2:53pm Thu 19 Jun 14

The Family Cat says...

Nani must have read all our comments
Nani must have read all our comments The Family Cat
  • Score: 19

2:56pm Thu 19 Jun 14

UAFhornet says...

The Family Cat wrote:
Nani must have read all our comments
I was thinking that, anyone who saw him play last time will know he is crap!
Also he couldnt get in a rubbish Blackpool team last year that nearly got relegated..

I think some on here think just because he played for Man Utd's youth team he must be good
[quote][p][bold]The Family Cat[/bold] wrote: Nani must have read all our comments[/p][/quote]I was thinking that, anyone who saw him play last time will know he is crap! Also he couldnt get in a rubbish Blackpool team last year that nearly got relegated.. I think some on here think just because he played for Man Utd's youth team he must be good UAFhornet
  • Score: 5

2:56pm Thu 19 Jun 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Well at least no-one on here overreacted to the previous rumour

Oh, hang on a minute...
Well at least no-one on here overreacted to the previous rumour Oh, hang on a minute... JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 9

2:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

tfft !!!
tfft !!! jasonwatford
  • Score: -6

3:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Good news...he is a donkey
Good news...he is a donkey SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Good news...he is a donkey
So was Tony Adams!
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Good news...he is a donkey[/p][/quote]So was Tony Adams! Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

3:38pm Thu 19 Jun 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Good news...he is a donkey
which a lot of people said about Nosworthy, before saying that it was a disgrace we were letting him go
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Good news...he is a donkey[/p][/quote]which a lot of people said about Nosworthy, before saying that it was a disgrace we were letting him go JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 10

3:59pm Thu 19 Jun 14

matey_from_brighton says...

Glad he is not coming but worrying that we were after him in the first place. Too lightweight and error prone last time he was with us.
Glad he is not coming but worrying that we were after him in the first place. Too lightweight and error prone last time he was with us. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Thu 19 Jun 14

smalon says...

Would rather promote a youngster to the squad than sign a below-average championship defender like Cathcart.
Would rather promote a youngster to the squad than sign a below-average championship defender like Cathcart. smalon
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Thu 19 Jun 14

DunstableHornet58 says...

Glad to hear this. We already have better defenders and there is no room for a donkey. He could go to Luton as that's more his level.
Glad to hear this. We already have better defenders and there is no room for a donkey. He could go to Luton as that's more his level. DunstableHornet58
  • Score: 2

4:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

jaemae2 says...

yes, we already have one useless sub-championship defender coming in new (Tamas) don't need another...
yes, we already have one useless sub-championship defender coming in new (Tamas) don't need another... jaemae2
  • Score: -10

5:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

UAFhornet says...

Craig Cathcart and Don Cowie, can you think of more average players??

Lets hope this is a wind up and that we are actually going to sign Vydra and Toszer
Craig Cathcart and Don Cowie, can you think of more average players?? Lets hope this is a wind up and that we are actually going to sign Vydra and Toszer UAFhornet
  • Score: 7

6:38pm Thu 19 Jun 14

cliff46 says...

I would sooner have kept an ageing Nyron rather than sign the unimpressive Cathcart.
I would sooner have kept an ageing Nyron rather than sign the unimpressive Cathcart. cliff46
  • Score: 4

6:50pm Thu 19 Jun 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

I don't know why everyone's on Cowie's back, he was a really good player for us. I fully admit I didn't recognise his influence for a long time, but his last season for us he was out a few times with injuries, and I distinctly remember realising then how important he was for us. We looked so much more energetic and fluent with him in the team than without it - he was just someone who never stopped running, did his job well, made space for others - an overall asset at Championship level. This is not to mention his excellent work at Cardiff before they got promoted.

Yes, OK, he didn't leave us on the best terms - but that was only really Mackay exploiting the fact that as ex-manager, he knew all the minute details of his contract and so could get him for free. I for one would be happy to take him back.
I don't know why everyone's on Cowie's back, he was a really good player for us. I fully admit I didn't recognise his influence for a long time, but his last season for us he was out a few times with injuries, and I distinctly remember realising then how important he was for us. We looked so much more energetic and fluent with him in the team than without it - he was just someone who never stopped running, did his job well, made space for others - an overall asset at Championship level. This is not to mention his excellent work at Cardiff before they got promoted. Yes, OK, he didn't leave us on the best terms - but that was only really Mackay exploiting the fact that as ex-manager, he knew all the minute details of his contract and so could get him for free. I for one would be happy to take him back. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 12

6:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

And Cathcart may not be the best defender, but remember when he was playing for us he was only 20... And defenders more than most positions on the pitch often require experience more than raw talent.
And Cathcart may not be the best defender, but remember when he was playing for us he was only 20... And defenders more than most positions on the pitch often require experience more than raw talent. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 4

6:59pm Thu 19 Jun 14

UAFhornet says...

The Skeptical Optimist wrote:
And Cathcart may not be the best defender, but remember when he was playing for us he was only 20... And defenders more than most positions on the pitch often require experience more than raw talent.
Well okay lets have Cathcart who was crap for us and couldnt get in a crap Blackpool team last season and Cowie who cant tackle, has no pace and is ageing, and while we are at it why not a 34 year old Tommy Smith who hasnt played in a year..

We will storm the league!

My God, do Watford fans think we will stay up with players like Cathcart, Cowie and Smith in the team, let alone challenge for the play offs?

Instead of those players maybe we should go for Toszer and Vydra?
[quote][p][bold]The Skeptical Optimist[/bold] wrote: And Cathcart may not be the best defender, but remember when he was playing for us he was only 20... And defenders more than most positions on the pitch often require experience more than raw talent.[/p][/quote]Well okay lets have Cathcart who was crap for us and couldnt get in a crap Blackpool team last season and Cowie who cant tackle, has no pace and is ageing, and while we are at it why not a 34 year old Tommy Smith who hasnt played in a year.. We will storm the league! My God, do Watford fans think we will stay up with players like Cathcart, Cowie and Smith in the team, let alone challenge for the play offs? Instead of those players maybe we should go for Toszer and Vydra? UAFhornet
  • Score: -3

7:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

goldanboy says...

If we could get Mike Williamson to hand in a transfer request and then go sick at Newcastle I'd be much happier...
If we could get Mike Williamson to hand in a transfer request and then go sick at Newcastle I'd be much happier... goldanboy
  • Score: 4

10:17pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Hampshire hornet says...

Roll on the season, another **** display from England, this is why my attention is all aimed at Watford...
Roll on the season, another **** display from England, this is why my attention is all aimed at Watford... Hampshire hornet
  • Score: 1

11:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

goldanboy says...

In Italy I trust....
In Italy I trust.... goldanboy
  • Score: 3

11:59pm Thu 19 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

Phew that was close, let's hope Nani has realised why he is nicknamed Carthorse by his own fans.
Phew that was close, let's hope Nani has realised why he is nicknamed Carthorse by his own fans. D.unstable
  • Score: 2

12:55am Fri 20 Jun 14

downunderorn says...

After that performance would England survive in the Championship??
Surely not the the Premiership??
Luv the ORNNS
After that performance would England survive in the Championship?? Surely not the the Premiership?? Luv the ORNNS downunderorn
  • Score: 2

1:19am Fri 20 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Good news...yippy

England r almost out...team full of wnkers from greedy premiership clubs who have no time for anyone...

Why do we all cheer these tos sers on.
Good news...yippy England r almost out...team full of wnkers from greedy premiership clubs who have no time for anyone... Why do we all cheer these tos sers on. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Sat 21 Jun 14

1234566789 says...

UAFhornet wrote:
The Skeptical Optimist wrote:
And Cathcart may not be the best defender, but remember when he was playing for us he was only 20... And defenders more than most positions on the pitch often require experience more than raw talent.
Well okay lets have Cathcart who was crap for us and couldnt get in a crap Blackpool team last season and Cowie who cant tackle, has no pace and is ageing, and while we are at it why not a 34 year old Tommy Smith who hasnt played in a year..

We will storm the league!

My God, do Watford fans think we will stay up with players like Cathcart, Cowie and Smith in the team, let alone challenge for the play offs?

Instead of those players maybe we should go for Toszer and Vydra?
Are you just making things up? Cathcart played 32 matches for Blackpool last season and 4 times for N Ireland....

And I'm pretty sure we are after Toszer and Vydra, but perhaps we need other options?!
[quote][p][bold]UAFhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Skeptical Optimist[/bold] wrote: And Cathcart may not be the best defender, but remember when he was playing for us he was only 20... And defenders more than most positions on the pitch often require experience more than raw talent.[/p][/quote]Well okay lets have Cathcart who was crap for us and couldnt get in a crap Blackpool team last season and Cowie who cant tackle, has no pace and is ageing, and while we are at it why not a 34 year old Tommy Smith who hasnt played in a year.. We will storm the league! My God, do Watford fans think we will stay up with players like Cathcart, Cowie and Smith in the team, let alone challenge for the play offs? Instead of those players maybe we should go for Toszer and Vydra?[/p][/quote]Are you just making things up? Cathcart played 32 matches for Blackpool last season and 4 times for N Ireland.... And I'm pretty sure we are after Toszer and Vydra, but perhaps we need other options?! 1234566789
  • Score: 5

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